…she picked up the tray and carried it
(Breakfast time now well gone)
To the kitchen from the bed.
She scraped the plate with the clean fork
And left all in the sink
While she made a brief, brief call.
Walking down her lovely garden path,
She sat in the dirt in dressing gown,
To snip some flowers growing there.
In the distance the phone had rung,
But this task was enough for now.
They would too soon be here.
She heard them come, she heard them go,
She didn’t know just where she stood,
Dizzy in the whirl of the last day.
Holding Gladiolas in her hand,
Thinking she should make lunch perhaps;
But at the stroke of one the tears broke.